Men's Crew Advances All Boats to Grand Finals At San Diego

April 6, 2002

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- - Saturday's conditions on Mission Bay in San Diego, California agreed with the OSU men's crew team. Racing against some of the toughest competition they will face this season, the Beavers advanced all three crews to Sunday's grand finals. The varsity eight, 2nd varsity eight, and novice eight all placed second in their qualifying heats on Saturday.

In the varsity eight race, the 13th-ranked Beavers faced a field of only four other crews, but among them was the Beavers' arch-rival, California. California's varsity boat was recently ranked first among Div. I crews in USRowing Collegiate Coaches Men's Eight Preseason Poll. California, OSU, and No. 12 Temple remained close for most of the race, with Cal ahead of OSU by just three seconds with 500 meters remaining, and Temple only one second behind the Beavers. OSU finished second with a time of 6:01.18, 2.58 seconds off the pace set by California and 3.31 seconds ahead of Temple. OSU head coach Dave Reischman was cautiously pleased with Saturday's results.

'In heat racing, it's a little hard to tell how you did. I think the final tomorrow will tell us more. We certainly accomplished what we wanted to do - get a good, clean race under our belts.'

Senior Josh Inman, six seat in the varsity eight, echoed his coach's thoughts and added that the crews are eager to race in the Classic's main event, the Copley Cup Grand Final. 'It felt pretty smooth. There are definitely spots that we can improve, particularly the 2nd 500, but overall I was pretty impressed with our race today...I'm really fired up about racing against Stanford tomorrow. And seeing how Temple does, racing against them again.'

The 2nd varsity eight also finished second in its heat, defeating California and trailing only Washington at the finish. The Beavers turned in a time of 6:05.76, less than three seconds off the pace set by the Huskies. The three Pac-10 crews left the other boats far behind, with fourth-place San Diego State finishing almost 45 seconds behind third-place Cal.

'The 2nd varsity had a really solid race,' said Reischman. 'Like the varsity, they got off to a good start and had a pretty solid middle 1000. There are things that we can improve on, but it was a good race to build on for tomorrow.'

The novice eight also qualified for Sunday's grand final, in an exciting and unusual race. The Beavers opened up a sizeable lead over California and UC-Irvine, only to catch two crabs in quick succession with less than 500 meters left in the race. Although OSU swerved into the adjacent lane and finished the race with one oar out of service against the hull, the Beavers finished only 13.71 seconds off the winners' pace, with a time of 6:27.59. The rest of the crews were even more spread out along the course, with third-place UC-Irvine finishing nearly 11 seconds behind the Beavers.

'The novice race was pretty interesting,' commented Reischman afterwards. 'They ended up pretty much only paddling across the line with three-seat's oar stuck against the boat. But tomorrow they have another chance to improve and race a good, clean race in the Grand Final.'

Competition continues on Sunday, with all three OSU men's crews competing in grand finals. The varsity eight will race at 3:00 pm in the Copley Cup Grand Final, the final event of the Classic. The 2nd varsity eight and novice eight will race at 1:20 pm and 11:10 am, respectively.

TIMES:VARSITY EIGHT - Men's Copley Cup Elimination Heat A:*California 5:58.60,  *Oregon State 6:01.18,  *Temple 6:04.79,  UC-Davis 6:10.83,  Sacramento State 6:24.842nd VARSITY EIGHT - Men's JV Eight Elimination Heat B:*Washington 6:03.13,  *Oregon State 6:05.76,  *California 6:06.73,  Sacramento State 6:50.46,  UC-Davis 6:50.46,  Long Beach State 7:08.89NOVICE EIGHT - Men's Collegiate Novice Eight Elimination Heat C:*California 6:13.88,  *Oregon State 6:27.59,  UC-Irvine 6:38.48,  UC-Davis 6:41.19,  San Diego 6:49.82*Advances to Grand Final
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